In what could go down as the greatest night in New Orleans basketball history, the Pelicans have pulled off an impressive move before the trade deadline, by acquiring All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings. The Pelicans traded Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a future second-round pick for Omri Casspi and three time NBA All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins.
The Pelicans are changing their strategy. Rather than continuing their usual small ball approach, this trade immediately addresses New Orleans’ need for an efficient big man next to their franchise player, Anthony Davis. DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento have been on a roller coaster recently regarding the 6’ 11’’ center’s future and it seems the Kings’ general manager, Vlade Divac has finally decided to let him go.
The job security of New Orleans Pelicans GM Dell Demps has been in question lately, and this blockbuster trade should bring Crescent City fans back to life. Demps is taking steps to put together a new “super team,” as it seems to be the newest trend. Cousins and Davis will be one of the best frontcourts in the league. If the two University of Kentucky alumni can mesh quickly, the Pelicans hunt for the 8th seed in the Western Conference might lead to a more competitive rematch with the Golden State Warriors in this year’s NBA playoffs. The Pelicans are currently 2.5 games out of 8th place.
The trade does leave some concern for the Pelicans’ guard positions, so hopefully head coach Alvin Gentry can prove his worth by working his newest asset into a successful role next to the All-Star game MVP, Anthony Davis.
The trade will be submitted for league approval Monday morning.